|Project by Konquest||posted 06-29-2011 07:57 AM||1427 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
The “woodworking” portion of this project is done since all I have to do is add a hardboard backing and the customer is getting the glass. Anyway, this project gave me an opportunity to try a few new things, mainly in terms of finishing. All the customer wanted was 3 flag cases, and I felt that domestic wood was the only respectful choice, so I went to the local sawmill with a rough idea and left with 3 spectacular figured boards of birdseye and curly maple, as well as curly cherry. For the curly maple I soaked in BLO and wet sanded the oil into the wood with 600 grit wet or dry paper to really pop the figure. For the Birdseye maple I pre-raised the grain and applied a transtint dye for a golden brown hue, which also accentuated the curl and birdseye figure, especially under the oil-based topcoat. Finally, the cherry case received a wet-sanded soak in watco cherry tinted danish oil. After all these respective oils and colors dried, each case received a couple additional coats of wipe-on poly.
-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.